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Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

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    For Morisset Park, Myuna Bay and Wangi Wangi:

    • Take the F3 motorway south from Newcastle or north from Sydney and the Central Coast, and take the Morisset/Mandalong Road exit.
    • For Morisset Park, turn right at Fishery Point Road and continue along the road as it becomes Morisset Park Road until you reach Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area.
    • For Myuna Bay and Wangi Wangi, take Mandalong Road through Morisset as it becomes Dora Street, then Macquarie Street. The road will become Wangi Road as you cross Dora Creek. Follow it along until you reach Myuna Bay.
    • For Wangi Wangi, continue through Myuna Bay and take the Summerhill Drive turn-off, turning right at Dobell Drive.

    For Chain Valley Bay and Crangan Bay:

    • Take Link Road off the F3, just north of Warnervale. This becomes Pacific Highway.
    • For Chain Valley Way, turn left at Doyalson North onto Tall Timbers Road.
    • For Crangan Bay, continue north along Pacific Highway. When you reach Crangan Bay, you can walk along the fire trails into the bush.

    For Bolton Point (Awaba Bay):

    • Take the Cessnock Road exit off the F3 towards Awaba and Toronto
    • Continue along the road as it becomes Awaba Road
    • Turn left at Carey Street in Toronto to cross the water
    • Turn right along Bay Road, which loops around the point to Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area.

    For Point Wolstoncroft:

    • Access to Point Wolstoncroft is by boat to the headland or via the Sport and Recreation Centre (you are requested to call the centre on phone 1800 819 244 or 4976 1666 before entry).

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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is accessible by train to Fassifern and Morisset, then by bus. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Drop a line at Myuna Bay while the days are still warm enough to sit outside for a peaceful hour or two.

    Spring

    Spring is a lovely time to take Awaba Bay Foreshore walk and stop for a picnic lunch to enjoy the stunning lake views.

    Summer

    Why not kayak around the lake, exploring the secret bays and enjoying the warm water?.

    Winter

    Take a refreshing walk along Wangi circuit walking track, keeping an eye out for the tiny orchids that flower in winter.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    8°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    1.8°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    November

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    283.7mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area

    Contact

    Nearby towns

    Swansea (17 km)

    Swansea is an energetic Lake Macquarie town with wonderful boating. It's situated on an isthmus between the lake and the sea.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Newcastle (23 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Gosford (45 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Alexanders picnic area, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government